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RGRTA driver placed on leave

by Evan White

Rochester, N.Y.In what is called a procedural move, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority has placed the bus driver, whose bus collided with a bicyclist, killing her, on administrative leave.

The drivers leave is pending the result of the police investigation, according to an RGRTA spokesperson.

Just before 1 a.m., police say a bicyclist rode from a side street onto North Clinton Avenue, South of Sullivan Street, into oncoming traffic.

The bus took evasive actions and swerved across into the southbound lane to avoid the collision, wrote Captain John Corbelli of the Rochester Police Department.

Cyclists in the area question how this could have happened.

If they were right they would have missed them completely, said Robert Streeter, a cyclist who rides in the North Clinton Avenue area.

RGRTA declined interview requests, deferring to police. Police say it remains an open investigation and offered no significant information after 5 a.m.

There are no bike lanes in the area where this happened, though it is unknown if they would have helped prevent a collision.

Our initiative to put the bike lanes out there is because we knew we had this issue, said James McIntosh, P.E., a City Engineer.

Rochester has 26-miles of bike lanes and plans to add 14 more in 2014, including in the North Clinton Avenue area, according to McIntosh.

 
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